Alcohol Strategy and the Drinks Industry: A Partnership for Prevention

Features: July 6th, 2007

By Rob Baggott The Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy published in 2004 included the drinks industry as a key partner in tackling alcohol problems, but many professionals and agencies dealing with the consequences of alcohol misuse are skeptical. This feature charts the progress of the strategy. It describes how the drinks industry is seeking to meet its social responsibilities as well as protecting brand names and remaining competitive.

Protecting Pupils in Norfolk from Internet Risks

Features: June 29th, 2007

The Internet poses many risks for pupils using school technology. Issues such as cyberbullying, predator grooming and racism are a real and growing concern. Schools need to be vigilant about protecting pupils and preventing them from accessing unsuitable material. This feature describes how Norfolk County Council tackled the problem.

Time for Action on Public Service Delivery

Features: June 22nd, 2007

By David Hunter The third sector is set to play an increasing role in the delivery of public services particularly in employment training, children’s services, correctional services and education. The author examines the benefits and barriers of third sector involvement and describes how the trend is progressing. This article was first published in Public Management and Policy and is reproduced by permission of the Association.

Without These Walls

Features: June 15th, 2007

By Jamie Bodley-Scott No longer do public bodies carry out their functions within an area defined by bricks and mortar. Partnership working means operating within other sets of walls. Mobile working means that staff use office facilities from many locations. Electronic walls have had to change to meet the developing situation and the data fence has had to move. The author describes how Watford Borough Council has successfully moved their data fence.

Children After Custody

Features: June 11th, 2007

By Frances Crook Some 6500 children pass through various forms of custody each year and half of them require support. Their disadvantages range from mental health problems, drug use, violence at home and sexual abuse. Although legislation requires that support plans be in place before release, frequently the requirement is not met. The author presents the disturbing picture as it is seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform. This article was first published in Public Management and Policy and is reproduced by permission of the Association.

How To Survive In The Current Energy Climate

Features: June 1st, 2007

A major challenge facing public sector organisations is how to improve energy efficiency while reducing costs and meeting environmental targets. With additional ‘green’ legislation looming, it is vital to know how, when and where energy is being used in buildings. This feature describes how Bristol City Council developed the use of modern technologies to manage energy better.

Getting Scotland Skilled For Economic Growth

Features: May 25th, 2007

By Charlene O’Connor The Leitch Review put skills development at the heart of economic success because it is one of the vital pillars supporting economic growth. Scottish Enterprise examined the skills-related challenges faced by employers to find out where intervention would be beneficial and what form it should take. The author describes how from this better understanding it has challenged the training market to match the training needs with targeted and efficient products.

Getting It Together: Joined-Up Knowledge and the Strategic Framework of Debate

Features: May 18th, 2007

By Des McConaghy Knowledge management plays a crucial part in inter agency joined up working, but information silos still persist. The author reflects on past examples of sharing knowledge and highlights the barriers. He argues that for knowledge sharing to be successful it must be financed. This article was first published in Public Money and Management and is reproduced by permission of CIPFA.

Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders: The Need for Succession Planning

Features: May 11th, 2007

By Martyn Goodhand More than half the UK’s headteachers are now aged over 50, and will be reaching retirement at the same time. With many deputies expressing no desire to move up the ladder action is required to encourage others to take on the role. The author explains the need for succession planning and how on line continuing professional development can play an important role by allowing aspiring heads to evaluate and manage their career more proactively with a clear indication of what is required to progress to the next level.

Telecare – A Personal View on Personalised Care

Features: May 4th, 2007

By David Hinchliffe The author, a former MP and Health Select Committee Chairman, describes a personal experience of the divide between health and social care. The divide is narrowing and he looks to the future where technology could lead to jointly operated telecare monitoring centres and multi-disciplinary monitoring.

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